Continuing on the traditions of her grandmother, Jodie Marshall has been weaving beads into wearable treasures since a child. In 2002, she discovered the art of making beads of glass. When the bead inventory got out of control, she began selling at art and bead shows across the Midwest. In 2008 she decided to share her passion of all things beaded through teaching.
Exploring is the general theme for all of artist Kelli Sweet’s creativity as she explores color, texture, patterns or history with vintage inspired treasures. As Degrees by Kelli, her favorite mediums are jewelry, collage & painting as well as all things quilt & fabric related.
Kelli loves to connect and inspire creativity. She founded Hibernate & Create as the 31 Days of Creativity Challenge which has blossomed into a beautiful Facebook community from across the US and Canada and expanded into retreats to bring people together for dedicated creative time with friendship & food!
While most at home under wide open skies with unobstructed vistas, Lori Elliott-Bartle allows her curiosity to lead her to other terrains and cultures with an interest she honed as a professional journalist. She focuses broadly on aspects of landscape, and especially the prairie. She takes a daily look at the patch of big bluestem growing in her small, urban front yard. This graceful, resilient plant reminds her of the subtle changes in color, texture and line that prairie landscapes provide.
Lori’s work is often abstract, and the materials she uses are diverse. She mixes softened beeswax with oils and pigments and applies many layers. Mixing these materials allows her to create paintings that hold depth, complexity and texture, some of the same qualities about the prairie she appreciates. Her painting process is physically active. She uses rollers, wide blades and brushes to apply paint, then blots, scrapes and carves with knives and points to reveal underlying colors. These lines and colors convey motion and emotion.
Lori Parrott Skupa has been melting and manipulating Italian glass into beads since 2002; and art form known as lampworking. She has had the pleasure of taking instruction from renowned glass artist from around the world. Lori takes her finished beads and incorporates them, with other mediums, into gorgeous wearable art under the business name -Parrott Flameworks! Every piece created is unique, you’ll find no two alike. Her artwork has been feature in several juried shows and galleries.
I work with wire to create timeless and elegant jewelry and try to make each piece as handmade as possible. I often weave with wire just like you would do for fabric or cord to create beautiful textures and patterns. I use mostly copper and silver wire with gorgeous natural stones or glass (which is another medium I work in). Many of my pieces are one of kind or something that you will likely not see elsewhere. Artistically, my goal is give each client a well-constructed and beautiful piece of jewelry that can be enjoyed for years to come. While jewelry is my first love I also enjoy working with yarn. I started arm knitting a few years ago and really enjoy teaching that as well! Follow me on Facebook at Elements by Michele
Rachel McGough is a wife, pet Mom, waiting adoptive parent and lover of all textiles and threads. Her love of sewing and stitching began at a young age influenced by her Mom, who is a long-arm quilter, and both of her grandma’s that sewed all sorts of treasures.
Rachel enjoys hosting Handmade U, a weekend Creative retreat at her home near Lincoln NE. They own a big red barn built in 1900 which is a source of inspiration or all who attend. Rachel is a collector of vintage quilts, quilt tops, and feedsack fabrics and incorporates them into useful items such as zipper pouches, pillows, notebook covers and stitchbooks. Rachel loves to build community among makers and creators and loves sharing her skills with her students. Ideally her students will take what they learn in her classes and move beyond those lessons and create their own unique style.
Rachel also has aspirations to host a ModernstitchCon event one day to bring all the amazing stitchers from around the world to circle and stitch. In the meantime watch for stitching projects and patterns.
I have always loved to CREATE and spend time making a beautiful and happy home for my family. After college, I have spent 20 plus years as a stay at home mom to two boys. During this time, I stayed active by sharing my time, passions and talents through volunteering in the public school, master gardening program, 4-H, church and other organizations. I have also blogged throughout the years.
My love of painting, restoring, crafting, cooking, baking, gardening, soaping, junk hunting, DIYing….is always growing….
I currently have a shop and studio SimplyHomeSweetHome where I teach a variety of workshops and am allowed to share all my passions and sell my creations.
Tanya Horn is a mixed media artist and loves COLOR, acrylic paints & all things vintage.
She enjoys sharing her art with others through Bible Journaling classes, wine nights painting in her home and enjoys teaching at retreats.
As an artist and owner of Twisted Angel, Tanya believes that there is creativity within everyone. One of her favorite activities is visiting antique shops to seek out unique items to upcycle as home décor or new art projects.
A self-proclaimed gypsy, Tanya has lived in NE, AZ, CO, WY and currently calls Wichita, KS home – with her two rescue dogs.